Ok, I might as well do this now... *grabs a microphone* This goes out to all the people who are going to vote third party in November!
I know this is a old argument that no one's going to listen too, but a vote for a third party IS a vote wasted. We don't have a parlimentary system
like Canada where a vote for a third (or fourth) party equals seats in the legislature. In our INFERIOR system, a vote for a third party just goes
into the void. The only way things would change is if a massive amount of voters (60-70 percent) selected a third party candidate and elected him or
But lets be realistic, despite all the false hopes and the "maybe this year" syndrome people seem to have, that's never going to happen. They'll
get 7 percent at the most. And where do those votes go? What do those votes do? They go into the electoral void and they serve to help one of the
So to repeat the old line: a vote for Nader is a vote for Bush. On the other hand a vote for the Facsio-Theocratic...I mean Consitution party is a
vote for Kerry. As for the Libertarians....I suppose the it depends on whether the voter is a more liberal Libertarian or a more conservative
In 2000 if thousands hadn't voted for Nader, Gore would have won the election handily. Now I'm guessing Nader voters are quite liberal and if given
the choice between a dem and repub would have certainly picked the dems. But they voted for Nader and Nader still didn't win, there were no Green
seats created in congress, no increase of their voice in government. Their vote went into the void and in the end meant nothing.
Now can you really tell me that a vote for Nader wasn't a vote for Bush?
I'd like to note that all of what I've said applies to Presidential elections. It's a bit different when you get to the state and congressional
level. I'd like to see more third parties in the legislature.
But this is a very important election, probably the most important in our lifetimes. It's not a time for a dammed "protest vote". There is a real
difference between the candidates despite what you hear, and they will take the country in different directions. Pick one. We can do the whole thrid
party thing another time, maybe in four years. NOW IS NOT THE TIME.
Edit: Oh, forgot to add....IMHO.
[edit on 8/1/2004 by Flinx]